Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The Wonder Singer + Contest
See my review below. Also thank you to Caitlin with Unbridled Books as I have a copy of this book to give away to US or Canada only and No PO Boxes.
To enter leave a comment below on wheather you like opera or have ever wanted to go to a show. Leave a email address.
Contest ends May 29th
Mark Lockwood is a writer. He is pretty unknown but he has struck it lucky. He has been commissed to write a tell all autobiography of opera singer Merce Casals. Mark has spent months in the company with Merce recording their converstations. Then one day the lovely Merce passes away in her bath.
Now Mark's agent, Hollywood Hank wants the tapes. He plans to have someone write the book. Mark won't do that as he knows that Merce Casals trusted him with her story and he plans to do her justice. Marks runs off with the tapes. Mark takes a journey through Merce's life as he listens back to the tapes. He isn't alone in this journey. Mark is joined by Merce's nurse, Perla, her biggest fan, Orson La Prima and Merce's true love, Nolan Keefe.
The Wonder Singer is the first book I have read by Mr. Rabasa. I was so pleased at how smooth it read. I really felt a connection with Merce Casals, Mark Lockwood, Perla, Orson and Nolan. Merce's story was a sad but enduring one. It was like reading a story within a story. This can be hard to do but Mr. Rabasa really pulled it off with this book. The transition when the story would switch between the present and the past was seamless. As I was reading I had a image painting in my head. I recommend The Wonder Singer to everyone.
To pay your respects to Ms. Casals, we invite you to check out the Diva’s fan page on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/thediva (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Diva/79420276417)
To hear opera selections that inspired this story, please visit http://tinyurl.com/TWSplaylist
To learn more about Mark Lockwood, his series for teens, and his work with the Diva, please visit http://unbridledbooks.com/lockwood.html or http://tinyurl.com/marklockwood (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Lockwood/146189905596)
Information about George Rabasa and The Wonder Singer are available at http://www.unbridledbooks.com/.